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Mangroves spring back to life, just about

15 January 2011

MUMBAI: The mangroves have started spouting green tips five months after the oil spill but it may be years before the full extent of the damage is apparent, say environmentalists.

“Several studies in the past have shown that the full extent of damage to mangroves is only seen months or years later,” said a NEERI researcher.

The NEERI report says that after 77 days, various mangrove species showed signs of regeneration over the oil-coated branches. “Earlier a thick oil layer was seen on the mangrove leaves preventing light from reaching the surfaces, which is essential plant physiological processes like photosynthesis and metabolism. The fresh mangrove leaves will now help in recovering from the changes and disturbances in the amount of light reaching the mangrove surfaces. Also, the oil covered significantly less space on the prop roots,” the report reads…..

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Mangroves-spring-back-to-life-just-about/articleshow/7288329.cms#ixzz1B5Z7losj

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Written by csirindia

January 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Posted in NEERI

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